SurSur fire bureau hopes for decline in fire incident
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 14 (PIA) – As the celebration continues for the Fire Prevention Month, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) provincial office under F/Insp. Rowella Dinolan, provincial fire chief, expressed satisfaction that, at least, not a single fire incident had occurred since March 1.
However, it was confirmed that since 2014 up to 2015, the number of fire incidents recorded in the province had gone up to 33.8 percent.
Based on the “Consolidated Summary Report of Fire Incident in the Province of Surigao del Sur” obtained through SFO4 Rogelio Secarro, BFP operations chief, the fire incidents were posted at 41 in 2014; 62 in 2015, and seven this year—six of which took place in January and one in February.
Meanwhile, most fire incidents that happened here were largely electrical-related, Secarro citing use of sub-standard wires, short-circuit, and overloading.
Local firefighters had always reminded the general public of safety measures, agreeing, in addition, that the hotter the days, the higher the risks of fire, it was learned.
With this year’s theme “Kaalaman at Pagtutulungan ng Sambayan, Kaligtasan sa Sunog ay Makakamtan,” the BFP provincial office had intensified drive on “Fire Safety and Prevention,” to educate the public, Secarro confirmed. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
PNP rescues victims of illegal recruitment in AgNor town
By Lilian M. Solis & Olga Virginia A. Demata
BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 14 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte rescued recently 20 victims of an alleged illegal recruitment in the said municipality.
Police Senior Inspector (PSI) Randy Ausa Abunda of PNP Kitcharao together with PSI Charles Jared Joaquin of Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office (PPO), ACOP and Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) personnel conducted the rescue operation at 10:20 a.m. that resulted to the arrest of the suspected illegal recruiter, Vilma Olayvar, 44 years old resident of Purok-4 Barangay Songkoy, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.
Along with the complainant, DSWD personnel, police investigator and 20 recruits standing as the witnesses, filed a case before the office of Cabadbaran City Prosecutor for violation of illegal recruitment and Republic Act (RA) 10364, also known as “Expanded Human Trafficking in Persons”.
Also, on February 17, Engr. John Ritchie Tangpos and Lilian Solis of DOLE Agusan del Norte Field office conducted a verification of documents presented by the alleged illegal recruiter. After the conduct of investigation, the DOLE-AdN Field Office issued a certification that based on records, no authority to recruit was issued to the suspected illegal recruiter. (JPG/DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)
Army plays “Good Samaritan” to wounded NPA in SurSur
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 14 (PIA) – A wounded man, believed to be a member of the Guerilla Front Committee (GFC) 21 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Command (NEMRC) was immediately brought to a hospital here for treatment after being found profusely bleeding by army troopers in a “vegetative area just a kilometer away from the encounter site.”
According to 1Lt. Karl Jan Devaras, commander, 41st Civil Military Operations (CMO) Company, 4th CMO Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (4ID) of the Philippine Army based in Barangay St. Christine, Lianga, this province, the concerned troops under the 2nd Special Forces Battalion (2nd SF) outright applied “first aid” to the said man, whose identity was not revealed, before rushing him to a hospital for medical attention.
The patient “is now in stable condition,” the CMO commander hinted.
Devaras likewise believed, this NPA member was left behind by undetermined number of comrades who were then in a hurry to get away as soldiers were going after them following a 15-minute gun battle at the vicinity of Sitio Baroboan, Barangay Caromata, San Miguel town, 31 kilometers, south, this city.
“After the said firefight, government troops immediately cleared the encounter area and discovered several bloodstains thereat,” Devaras noted.
With the display of gallantry, Lt. Col. Gaspar Panopio, 2nd SF battalion commander, under the 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA) led by Col. Isidro Purisima, brigade commander, in Surigao del Sur, commended his “troops for maintaining a high sense of professionalism and for observing the ‘rules of engagement (ROE)’ in the battlefield,” said the CMO officer.
Beforehand, Lt. Col. Panopio, whose battalion is based in San Miguel , was quoted as saying, “I encourage the remaining lawless bandits to surrender; their former comrades have already surrendered and received benefits from the Government’s integration program (CLIP),” referring to the Comprehensive Local Integration Program.
Meanwhile, according to a recent report contained in the “Accomplishment Updates” by Col. Purisima, since the 2nd Quarter of 2015 to the 1st Quarter of 2016, a total of 93 former rebels (FRs) have already stood to gain from the CLIP. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)